10 Facts about Van Gogh

by Tanja
Amsterdam Van Gogh

The Van Gogh Museum is located in Amsterdam at the Museum Square (Museumplein). The Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum has on display around 200 paintings and drawings and also, some 750 letters of the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh.

The Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum holds the largest collection of works by this Dutch 19th century painter. Works like the The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, The Bedroom and his self-portrait (when he cut his own ear) are famous all over the world. The museum is very popular. To avoid spending hours in line to get in, it’s best to buy online Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum tickets.


There are also temporary exhibitions at the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum. Check out the Amsterdam art exhibitions calendar.

10 facts about the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum

1. Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum tickets: buy online and skip the line!

The Van Gogh Museum is not only famous because of what’s inside. It’s also famous because of its long lines of people waiting to get in. Skip the line and buy your ticket online You will get a timeslot for a certain date and time to get in the museum.

Museum Card for tourists

The Museum Card for tourists gives access to Van Gogh Museum, the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, a canal cruise, a return train ticket Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – Central Station and another 20% discount off other museums and attractions.

Amsterdam City Pass

The Amsterdam City Pass gives access to the Van Gogh Museum OR the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, a canal cruise and a return train ticket Airport Schiphol – Central Station and another 20% discount off other museums and attractions.

Amsterdam Van Gogh and a canal cruise

Combine a visit to the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum with a cruise on the Amsterdam canals. The canal boat departs from 2 locations: near the Hard Rock Café (Leidseplein) and near the Heineken Experience (The Pijp). More information and tickets.

READ MORE: Compare Amsterdam City Passes

2. Friday Night at the Van Gogh Museum

Vincent van Gogh Museum

Wheatfield with Crows
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Auvers-sur-Oise, July 1890
oil on canvas, 50.5 cm x 103 cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

The Van Gogh Museum is normally closed at 18.00h (6 pm), except on Friday! On Friday evening the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is open till 22.00h (10 pm). A DJ plays relaxing music, there are video projections, the bar is open, the guided tours are free (tour in English starts at 19.00h) and usually there are special workshops or lectures. Friday Evening is the best time to visit the museum because it is the most quiet time of the week. Buy online Amsterdam Van Gogh tickets for Friday Night (€20).

Vincent on Friday

Every last Friday of the month there is a special program with young, creatieve talents from Amsterdam. Check the Facebook page for more info.

3. Vincent van Gogh was not from Amsterdam

The Yellow House (The Street) Vincent van Go

The Yellow House (The Street)
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Arles, September 1888
oil on canvas, 72 cm x 91.5 cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

Though the museum about the painter Vincent van Gogh is located in Amsterdam, Vincent was not born in Amsterdam. He was born in the South of The Netherlands, near the Belgian border. When he was 33, Vincent van Gogh moved to Antwerp and then to Paris.

Vincent van Gogh did live in Amsterdam about one year, from 1877 till 1878. When he was 24 years old he wrote his brother about his stay here: “It’s a beautiful city here. I wish I could show you all kinds of things”. Later he moved to the South of France to the village of Arles. Here, he created many of his masterpieces.

4. Vincent van Gogh was not famous during his life

Amsterdam Van Gogh The Potato Eaters

The Potato Eaters
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Nuenen, April-May 1885
oil on canvas, 82 cm x 114 cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation).

Though Van Gogh is now considered on of the most important painters of the 19th century, during his life, he was not very successful. Vincent van Gogh only ever sold one painting.

5. Van Gogh was crazy and not such a nice guy

According to the latest biography on Van Gogh, by Americans Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Vincent was a fanatic who didn’t have any friends. He was egocentric, rude, ungrateful, moody and just a general pain in the ass. Also, Vincent van Gogh was crazy. Most of his work, some 800 paintings, Van Gogh made during a period of 10 years. Then he fell ill. He suffered from a mental illness.

6. Vincent’s letters to his brother

Sunflowers, a painting by Van Gogh

Sunflowers
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Arles, January 1889
oil on canvas, 95 cm x 73 cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

We know quite a lot from Vincent’s life because he wrote lots of letters to friends and family. Vincent was especially close to his younger brother, Theo. Vincent wrote around 400 letters to his brother.

In his letters Vincent writes about his dreams and disappointments, friendships and fights and his combat against this disease. But most importantly, he writes about the importance of art in his life and about his overwhelming desire to paint.

The letters of Vincent van Gogh are considered world literature. The letters are published online with English translation on www.vangoghletters.org.

7. Colours and light of the countryside

Most Van Gogh paintings portray the simple life at the farm and the colours and light of the country side: landscapes, wheat fields, cypresses, sunflowers. Also, he made many portraits and self-portraits.

8. Fight with Gauguin

Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum tickets

Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Paris, September-October 1887
oil on canvas, 44.5 cm x 37.2 cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

French painter Gauguin came to visit Van Gogh in Arles. But that didn’t go well. They both fell in love with the same woman, a bartender at the local pub. Van Gogh and Gauguin had a fight, a knife was involved and Van Gogh lost a piece of his earlobe during the struggle.

9. Van Gogh was shot by schoolboys?

According to writers of the latest book about Van Gogh, the artist didn’t commit suicide, but he was shot by some local schoolboys by accident.

10. Dutch pronunciation of ‘Van Gough’

In Dutch, Van Gogh is pronounced with a hard, throat-sounded ‘g’. Dutch people will look at you in a strange way if you ask the way to the ‘Van Gough Museum’.

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